Documents associated with: Kennedy, David A.
Record 13 of 33
System Number: 07274
Date: 13 March 1896
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: New York
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1262
Document Type: ALS
[crest of the Grolier Club:] THE GROLIER CLUB / FOUNDED NEW YORK 1884
29 EAST THIRTY SECOND STREET.
Mch. 13 / 96
Dear Mr. Whistler,
The picture has gone off by American Express and I hope it will reach you in safety.
Let me ask you. What did you ever do about the offer of Martin Brimmer to buy your large portrait, or consider it, for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts? What has been done about that, if I may [p. 2] ask? I asked you how much you wanted for the two full length portraits of Mrs. Whibley or one of them. Let me know.
While people admire the "Red note", as a piece of painting, no one likes the subject.
Stanford White came in to see it and went out again saying that he did not like it, as the girl was young (the model) & this represented a mature woman &c, &c. It is very doubtful if Mr. Pope will re-consider the matter of purchasing "Carmen". He may, however, do so.
[p. 3] Several of the lithographs purchased in last lot by David are too dear, as I showed those sent over first, and took orders for others from them at 3 /3 /-. You suddenly charge 4 /4 /-. This leaves me out of pocket. I have no doubt however that you will make a reduction as per memo. enclosed. Of course after this I shall have to pay your new prices, but as far as we are concerned here, it is a mistake to ask so much for them. Of course if they say nothing in England, there is no reason for considering us over here.
How I hate this pettifogging!
[p. 4] You have several other painting's over there, but I want those I've mentioned, if reasonable. Mention a price anyway.
I hope that Mrs. Whistler is improving & am as always,
E. G. Kennedy.
Lots of snow and howling Cold winds. Warm enough inside though.
By the bye, I had almost forgotten. A chap here is going to write a sort of biography of Whistler, and wants information. His name is Roger Riordan - French from Limerick - He has a lot written already I believe, and I am to interview you this Summer [p. 5] about various things, a list of which I shall have.
He admires "Smith's Yard" immensely. He is too poor to buy it & I am too poor to present it.
He writes for the press in a Graceful way.
12. [p. 5]
Kennedy has written 'P. S.' at the top of this page.